Pro Tips for High Point Furniture Market

For those attending the High Point Furniture Market (HPMKT), here are some essentials that will make your trip much more enjoyable.


1- Comfortable shoes are a MUST! I have a few Skechers brand shoes that are as comfortable as sneakers. I pack two pairs and trade on and off. I also recommend packing Band-Aids and Moleskin pads, in case you get a blister.

2- Dress in layers, because it will be cold in some areas and warm in others. That means cardigans and scarves are your friends. It will rain at least one afternoon — and I mean downpour — so a lightweight umbrella is also a good idea.

3- Everyone will have their preferred bag preference, but to cover all your bases, consider bringing a “Wheeled Business Tote Bag” (rolly bag), a regular tote bag, and a small shoulder bag for essentials.  For first timers, I really think the rolly bag is a life saver. If you’ve already been to HPMKT a bunch of times, a tote or small shoulder bag should be enough. The less you carry around all day, the better.

4- Get a good back-up charger for your cell phone and tablets. I have one called “Adventure” by My Charge. I like this one because it has 2 USB ports and can hold a charge for months. 

Getting Around While You’re There:

The shuttles and buses got you covered. They pick you up from the airport for free, take you to and from your hotel every day, and get you all around Market. This is covered in-depth on the HPMKT website, so consult the “Plan Your Trip” tab. However, I’ve been surprised to learn that some seasoned designers don’t know about the “Go Anywhere Shuttle.” This shuttle is a great way to get to out-of-the-way showrooms, plus it will take you anywhere within five miles of market. You can find these shuttles at the end of the main transportation terminal. They’re big white vans that say “Go Anywhere” on the side.


Food is everywhere at Market. If you need coffee, water, or wine, you will not have to look far.  Breakfast is served at many showrooms; lunch is served everywhere; afternoon cookies and chocolates will be set out by 3:00, along with lots of alcohol. Pace yourself. 😉 You can find wonderful catering just about everywhere — except when it comes to dinner. For dinner you are really on your own, so plan accordingly.

Pro Tips:

1- Make sure you bring a lot of business cards. They should have your mailing address on them so that any catalogs you request can be sent to you.

2- Bring at least one copy of your Resale and EIN certificates so you can open accounts right then and there, and/or place orders at Market.

3- Plan your day by building or area — that way you’ll see more and won’t have to run around so much.  The MyMarket app is also a must-have, so get that on your phone. It’s free.

HPMKT can be overwhelming, but try to pace yourself and have fun. No one can see everything in one week, so make sure you know what your top must-see’s are, and allow yourself time to explore.